When the weather begins to grow cold, tiny eggs that have been laid on the underside of the leaves of tall trees suddenly hatch at once. Multitudes of tiny insects burst into the sky, enough to block out the sun with their swarming despite their small size. Defenseless as hatchlings and full of a tart flavor, they are favored delicacies by birds, other insects, and even people. Very few survive to adulthood. Luckily, they grow quickly.
These creatures are tiny but dangerous. They will fill the skies once a year as hatchlings and serve as an important food source for many other creatures, but lash flies who reach adulthood are definitely not safe to consume. Their stinger blinds or kills those who they sting, and if the creature is consumed, the poison will paralyze whoever was foolish to eat them. They are quick fliers, able to flit around at high speeds with unparalleled agility. Solitary creatures, they have little interest in others of their species, preferring to stake out small territories where they can forage for pollen in peace. Sometimes they sting larger creatures indiscriminately, though, and some say that they harbor grudges toward people or animals who ate their siblings in the hatchling stage.
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Raneth